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Bearly Ultra Race Recap

Ah, the Bearly Ultra. The name says it all. The time I was bearly recovered enough from Pinhoti to actually try and run fast. The day I bearly survived because it was unseasonably hot. The race I bearly finished. (See what I’m doing here?)

I signed up for the race on a whim—my friends asked me to run on their relay team, Cougars and the Kitten. You can’t say no to running on a relay team, especially if there are costumes involved!

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Apparently being a 28 year-old cougar is frowned upon in all 50 states, so I was the kitten

I had originally planned to run all 27 miles (run my leg and then keep running) for the fun of it, but quickly changed my plan when I saw the temperatures. Cop-out? Yes. Did I feel bad? Not at all.

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Sad kitty, melted kitty, sweaty ball of fur

It was interesting to see how not-recovered I felt after the Pinhoti 100—one week I can run 100 miles, the next week I can barely make it through 10. Yes, 100 miles takes a lot out of you, but still.

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Sharpie-d kitty, cranky kitty, purr purr purr

There’s not much else to say about the race—I was hot and ornery the entire time, and if it weren’t for Sonia running alongside me and entertaining me, I would have slowly strolled my way through the course like a tomcat hunting for his mate.

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Cat fight!
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Sweaty selfie at Grace’s Gap

But the race itself was wonderful, as always. Here are some more photos to prove it.

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Wolfpack Relay teams
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Thanks for the photo, MRuns.com!
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Power line trails are so miserable, but so pretty (to me) – MRuns.com
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Our first cougar is out in the wild!
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Running with “Moose” – he went from 0 – ultra runner in just a few months!
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Shortly after Moose crossed his “longest run ever!” mark
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This kitten needed a long nap
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Looking way perkier than I felt

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